It’s Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and that means it’s time for the Animal Adventure Park YouTube feed to go live. The giraffe cam streams live from the barn that 15-year-old April shares with her baby calf Tajiri “Taj.” Taj was born on April 15, 2017, after millions waited to watch the birth streaming live online. As the Animal Adventure Park is open seasonally due to being in Harpursville, New York, the live birth was a way to keep local fans updated on the pregnant giraffe’s condition. No one could have imagined that the giraffe cam would go viral and April would become an Internet sensation. From February until April, the live giraffe cam streamed 24 hours per day, seven days a week and many felt a sense of comfort and peace watching April as she waited for labor to begin. The giraffe cam was also a great advertising tool, inadvertent as it might have been. The live cam reminded everyone that there was a real park that was going to open.
Inclement weather caused a delay in the Animal Adventure Park’s fifth season opening, but on Monday, May 15, 2017, the park did open. Spectrum News Animal Adventure Park Opening Day.reported from opening day and interviewed attendees. You may see that video interview here: Animal Adventure Park Opening Day.
You may watch the live giraffe cam in the video player above.